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Informer: Out-of-state will good here if it’s good there

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:12 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Is a will drawn up in another state while living there valid in Louisiana?

Yes, if it was done according to the law of the other state.

R.S. 9:2401, the state’s “Uniform Wills Law,” reads:

“A will executed outside this state in the manner prescribed by the law of the place of its execution or by the law of the testator’s domicile, at the time of its execution shall be deemed to be legally executed and shall have the same force and effect in this state as if executed in the manner prescribed by the laws of this state, provided the will is in writing and subscribed by the testator.”

Online: www.legis.state.la.us.


Theft of money from church a crime

What can be done about a man and wife who steal money from a church?

If you contact authorities, they can be arrested and prosecuted for theft.


School system policy requires extra duty

The Informer on Friday received a call from a reader who sought information on a question and answer that had appeared in the column within the last year or so.

The reader, a Calcasieu Parish teacher, said she had been told that school officials needed her to work a football game that night. She objected, and called The Informer to inquire about the past column, which featured a question on extra duty.

“Can teachers in Calcasieu Parish be required by their principals to work an extracurricular activity such as football and basketball games on their own time — i.e., evenings and during the holidays — with no compensation and the threat of being written up with the possibility of termination?” read the question, which appeared in the paper Nov. 2, 2011.

The answer, provided by David Buller, administrative director of high schools, was “no.” But as Buller pointed out Tuesday, the school system has a policy on extra duty, and he said the answer he gave last year was based on the latter part of the question — the part that includes coercion.

The school system’s extra duty policy:

The Calcasieu Parish School Board recognizes that teachers must be required to perform duties other than classroom teaching. It is recognized that student clubs, school papers, annuals, athletics and supervision of playgrounds, school buses and other activities under the supervision of the school are and should be the responsibility of the principal and his/her faculty. Principals are therefore required and directed to assign these duties equitably among the various members of their staff. The professional guidance of all student activities in a school is essential to the total growth and development of the pupils of a school.

Online: www.cpsb.org.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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